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New Study: Neuroscience Research Gets an "F" for Reliability

Brain studies are the current darling of the sciences, research capable of garnering tens or even hundreds of millions in new funding for ambitious new projects, the kind of money that was once reserved only for big physics projects.Except the house of neuroscience, which attracts tens of thousands of attendees each year to the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, may be built on a foundation of clay...

STAFFApril 10, 2013 — Gary Stix

Exploration Nation: Day Two - April 5

As the sun rises in Horquetas, Costa Rica we don't need an alarm clock. The birds are up early, presumably getting the worms and broadcasting their enthusiasm for the morning for all to hear.While we are weary from travel, this is the first official day of the Expedition and we are greeted by our friends from Dole...

April 10, 2013 — Pete Monfre

Natural versus Synthetic Chemicals Is a Gray Matter

We consumers are bombarded with advertisements for natural and organic products. There are websites and news stories beyond counting dedicated to sharing the following message: “man-made is bad and natural is good”...

April 10, 2013 — Dorea Reeser

Science's Cult of Calculation

E. O. Wilson says great scientists need be “no more than semiliterate” mathematically. He says: doing the math is often easier than generating ideas; the math is usually out-sourceable; we have more mathematicians than useful ideas; and science advances by better ideas which typically don’t come from mathematical reasoning.In this Wilson revives two old rivalries...

April 9, 2013 — Jag Bhalla

Do you need to know math for doing great science?

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, biologist E. O. Wilson asks if math is necessary for doing great science. At first glance the question seems rather pointless and the answer trivial; we can easily name dozens of Nobel Prize winners whose work was not mathematical at all...

April 9, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

New Job for Brain Scientists: Pitching Mutual Funds

I was watching one of the March Madness games recently with my son Benjamin. He is the only one in the world I can do this with because I can ask him what the difference is between the shot clock in the NBA and the one in the NCAA without being asked to immediately produce a green card.During a commercial break, a familiar face popped onto the screen...

STAFFApril 9, 2013 — Gary Stix

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